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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Lava Lake

Updated: Jun 18

A resort lake with views of Three Sisters in Deschutes National Forest.

Lake Name: Lava Lake

Lake Coordinates: 43.92099, -121.77289

Lake Elevation: 4740'

Access: Drive up

Note: This lake has a resort on it and there were warning signs about an algae bloom.

Location: Near Lava Lake C.G. Complex in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, U.S.A.

Administration: Deschutes National Forest

Date Accessed: September 23, 2022

The fire road closure (happening during summer 2022) was right after the turn off for Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake. This is another lake like Elk Lake where there is a resort on the lake, except this one appeared privately owned. There were warning sighs about an algae bloom in the lake and I could smell it. There wasn’t anyone else there, probably due to the fire closures. I drove to two different places to access the lake and the boat launch had the best view of the lake by far.

There was a good view of Sisters across the lake and the lake was wide open and pretty big. I was more interested in exploring it's sister lake, Little Lava Lake than I was excited to explore this one.


How to get there (from Bend, OR)


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